At Zumasys, we specialize in migrating organizations to a hosted IT cloud environment. These migrations can impact an entire company’s day-to-day work and cause major disruptions for many people on the team. Executing a migration with such a wide-reaching impact to an organization requires a detailed plan to minimize downtime, maximize efficiency, and ensure solid communication.
The law of diminishing returns says that you can’t build a house in a day by adding more engineers. There’s a point at which each additional resource has less of an effect than the one before it. At a certain point, it is just going to take a fixed amount of time. Foundation has to be laid, cement has to dry, walls have to be built, electrical run, roof tiled, etc., etc. Although some things can be expedited, at some point one task must rely on another to be completed.
A good project manager can make a team much more effective.
Great organizations recognize that you should get the experts involved from the get go. Effective project management starts all the way back in the “wild idea” stage. Involving someone who understands how to get a project from A to Z from the start can help expose issues early and ensure that everything goes smoothly.They can help engineers find out what can overlap, assigning engineers waiting for step 3 to work on another project until step 2 is done, thus increasing their usage and limiting downtime.
A software deployment can have disastrous repercussions if deployed prematurely, without proper planned execution, communication, or a training plan in place to ensure that everyone being impacted is able to work. What could have been a major efficiency boost for an organization can turn into wasted capital, increased downtime, diminished morale, and a possible hit to credibility.
Almost more important than having a project manager involved in the beginning is keeping a project manager tied to the project throughout its duration.
Changing the project manager part of the way through is like suddenly changing the captain of a ship mid-sail.
Causing disruptions to day-to-day business and forcing teams to realign behind a new ways of management and communication can mean certain doom to what may have been smooth sailing for a team.
As business demands call for increasingly faster-paced environments, maximized efficiency, and minimal spending, having a dedicated project manager can ensure that projects are executed effectively and efficiently. There is a quote that I heard a few years ago that goes, “There is nothing more useless than doing efficiently that which should never have been done in the first place.” Project management can identify holes in a vision that can be remediated before execution and identify business cases in which a particular project shouldn’t even be executed.
In today’s business environment, project managers should be considered trusted advisors to decision makers and executives. They should be counted as someone who not only can share a vision, but who also has the resources and knowledge to execute that vision and see it through to success.
Zumasys has an outstanding project management team that understands the needs of our customers and works to ensure that their vision is realized. We are excited to engage with you to bring an effective and efficient plan to the table and execute projects quickly so you can do what you do best and dominate the competition.